Bachelor of Science in Architecture
The BGSU Architecture program pursues the convergence of technical and liberal arts to inspire and empower students to enhance the built environment.
The BGSU Bachelor of Science in Architecture curriculum is designed to build a cumulative educational experience over four years in order to establish a broad and deep foundation of knowledge in architecture in relation to current developments in the sciences, arts and technology. This curriculum stresses the importance of architecture as a humanistic discipline concerned with the design and construction of habitats in diverse social and ecological conditions, along with the corresponding requirements for sustainability and ethical responsibility.
The BGSU Undergraduate Architecture Major is a pre-professional course of study which focuses on sequences of architectural design studios complemented with history and theory courses as well as courses on structures, materials and building systems. Students will also learn how architecture relates to urban design, interior architecture, sustainability and the environment.
The BGSU Architecture Major represents a comprehensive undergraduate education that is the first step in a series of educational and apprenticeship requirements leading to professional registration as a licensed architect. Those students who wish to pursue a professional career in architecture will be required to obtain a Master of Architecture, either from BGSU (granted candidacy status in 2013, continuing status in 2015 by the National Architectural Accrediting Board with initial accreditation planned in 2017) or from another institution which offers a graduate program in architecture. A degree from BGSU in architecture provides a foundation for the many careers that involve construction of the built environment, such as: interior architecture, historic preservation, construction management, real estate development, urban design, and sustainable development, among others.
An integral component of this program is an emphasis on gaining professional experience through two 15- week paid internships, known in the college as “Co-op”. This hands-on learning not only offers invaluable practical experience, but in many cases may lead to the student’s first permanent job.
Students have the opportunity to join the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) organization. This group meets regularly, organizes guest lectures, and takes field trips to architectural sites. Students can also serve in a leadership capacity in the Council of Technology Student Organizations (CTSO). Students may also choose to participate in a study abroad experience. Study abroad programs are great avenues through which to study architecture and design.